Saturday 1st December 2018. Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.
Walton & Hersham 0 CB Hounslow United 0.
Swans’ hopes of picking up a much-needed win were dealt a blow when they were reduced to ten men five minutes before half-time. Sid Dack’s dismissal left them with over half the match to play a man short, but they battled well in the second-half, and arguably had the better chances to win the match.
There were two changes to the side badly beaten a week earlier, with Luke Randall fit to return at right-back, and James Robertson replacing the injured Frank Ngonyama. Sean White was only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Robertson soon made a run in on the left for Swans, and when the ball broke to Frankie Driver on the right he had a shot blocked for a corner. Goalkeeper Kavanagh Keadell’s clearance then found Ali Fofanah, who made room on the right, and after exchanging passes with Pat Kirby drove an angled shot over. Kirby then sent over a free-kick from the left, and visiting keeper Rhys Forster took the ball high up on his line.
But it was the visitors who had the best chance with just under a quarter of an hour gone when Kai Hamilton was allowed to break into the right of the box, but he drove a low shot just wide of the far-post. Keadell then had to punch the ball clear when a free-kick came over from the right. Pressure from CB Hounslow led to them winning three successive corners, with Thomas Kanek sending a header over from the third.
Swans felt they had a case for a penalty with just over ten minutes of the half remaining when Louis Paterson went down after being played into the left of the box by Shamal Edwards, but the referee waved play on.
Triantafilos Skapetis shot over the bar from the edge of the box for the visitors before a defining moment came with five minutes of normal-time left of the half. Dack had already picked up a booking earlier before he brought Skapetis down just outside the box with a tackle the referee considered dangerous, and this time the young midfielder was shown a straight red card. The resultant free-kick took a big deflection to go over.
The visitors tried to capitalise on their numerical advantage before the break, and in first-half stoppage-time Swans failed to clear a right-side corner and Gabriel Chiedozie put a chance wide of the left post. Tommy O’Neill then had a shot from 25 yards deflected wide.
Swans were quickly out of the blocks after the resumption, and straight from the restart Edwards made a run in on the left, and keeper Forster was tested for the first time, making a good block from the shot.
CB Hounslow played a short free-kick on the left, and a low shot from the left corner of the box took a deflection to go wide.
Just past the hour Edwards again got in on the left for Swans, and a good, low shot from the corner of the box forced Forster to make a good save, turning the ball round his near-post.
Swans had defended well, and with a quarter of an hour remaining the visitors got to the byline on the right, and when the ball was driven across Keadell saved a low shot to his near-post from the left of the box.
As the match entered the final five minutes Swans had a chance to win it when a fine through ball from Robertson put Edwards clear into the left of the box, but Forster made a fine save from a low shot.
The visitors forced two corners, but it was Swans who had the final chance in stoppage-time. New signing Zuko Akwuba had just replaced Fofanah when he got to the right corner of the box, but his low strike was again kept out by keeper Forster.
Swans’ Team: Kavanagh Keadell, Luke Randall, Louis Paterson, Conor Symon, Callum Robinson, Pat Kirby, Sid Dack, Frankie Driver, James Robertson, Ali Fofanah (Zuko Akwuba 90+1’), Shamal Edwards. Subs. not used: Billy Kinona, Chester Clothier, Sean White, Monty Everett. Caution: Dack, foul (28’). Dismissal: Dack, foul (40’).
CB Hounslow Team: Forster, Chiedozie, O’Neill, Kanek (Wood 90’), Bersey, Lal (Taylor 76’), Andrews (McWilliams 37’), Skapetis, Dunn, Hamilton, Watts. Subs. not used: Sumpter, Wines. .